Investigators believe that the Central Park explosion that cost student Connor Golden his foot on July 3rd was caused by a homemade device. Police are offering a $12,000 reward for further information.

From the NY Daily News

Central Park bomb that blew off teen’s foot created out of easy-to-find products, chemicals

The explosive that blew off a teenage tourist’s foot in Central Park was fashioned out of products and chemicals found in any hardware store, police sources said Thursday.

The homemade device detonated under Connor Golden, 18, on July 3 after he hopped off a large rock near E. 60th St. and Fifth Ave.

Investigators have “identified traces of substances that may have been used in creating the explosive mixture,” according to an NYPD statement.

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From 4 New York

College Student Whose Leg Was Blown Off at Central Park Remains ‘Strong, Resilient,’ Family Says

Police said they believe it was created by “an explosive hobbyist or experimenter” who had some knowledge of chemistry. Connor’s parents said they spoke to one of the good Samaritans who came to his aid right after the explosion to thank him. They said the good Samaritan, a former member of the U.S. military who’s familiar with explosives, told them he too did not believe the explosive was a firework. 

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